Court Bulletin - Zehrmart Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured

    CHATHAM, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - Zehrmart Limited in Chatham-Kent pleaded
guilty and was fined $75,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice yesterday in
connection with an injury to a worker a year-and-a-half ago.
    Justice of the Peace Calvin Hurst heard that on November 23, 2006, a
Zehrmart employee was working at the company's 791 St. Clair St. facility,
feeding balls of dough into a foller machine to flatten them into pizza
crusts. The fingers of the worker's glove became caught in the machine,
pulling the worker's hand into the rollers.
    Zehrmart pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that the
in-running nip hazard of the machine was protected by a guard preventing
access to a pinch point, as prescribed by section 25 of Ontario Regulation
851/90. This was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and
Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The
surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist
victims of crime.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:          Ontario Court of Justice
                       Chatham, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Calvin Hurst

    Date:              June 17, 2008

    Defendants:        Zehrmart Limited

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:     Courtney Harris


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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)

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